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Trump trade adviser apologises for insulting Trudeau

13 June 2018, 03:36 | Erica Roy

Canada looks to ride out Trump trade storm

Canada looks to ride out Trump trade storm

Meanwhile, a top aide to US President Donald Trump apologized Tuesday for asserting that a "special place in hell" awaited Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, following the acrimonious conclusion of a weekend G7 summit. "The problem was that in conveying that message, I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", Mr. Navarro told the Wall Street Journal's CFO Network meeting, according to a recap of the session from the WSJ.

"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said. And I say, 'Push him around?

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to US national security.

At a news conference Tuesday after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau.

On Sunday morning Navarro and Trump's director of the National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, piled on the criticisms.

Asked if he was apologising for the comments, Navarro said: "Yeah, absolutely".

The only hint of a softening came when Peter Navarro, the White House economic advisor, apologized for saying there was a "special place in hell" for Trudeau.

Trump refused to sign the G-7 joint agreement after Trudeau severely criticized Trump following the global summit.

We won't hear anything from Kudlow for a while, unfortunately, as he suffered a heart attack yesterday and is recovering at Walter Reed. He's expected to make a full recovery.


PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around".

From a big-picture perspective, there are concerns about how the rest of the world sees the United States globally, he added.

He made the apology - something that former US ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, among others, was demanding that he do - during a Wall Street Journal event today in Washington.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada".

"It's very unfair to our farmers, and it's very unfair to the people of our country", Trump said Tuesday in Singapore. "We just shook hands!"' Trump said.

Trudeau, Trump told ABC News, "shouldn't have done that".

Freeland said she had a "good conversation" Sunday with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and that the pair would try to meet in Washington this week.

"I think the first-hand interaction is likely to be a stronger factor than anything the president says", he said.

Speaking at the same forum as Navarro on Tuesday, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said that the United States and Canada need to "take a deep breath". He learned. You can't do that. "Politicians can get into disagreements and they can have heated disputes, but you have to think about where does this go, how bad could it get - and the disputes are over a really, really small share of GDP".



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